MARK MOLE smashed his tench PB in a dream trip that quickly turned sour when attacks from biting insects forced him home early.

Until the mosquitoes struck,  Mark had landed eight big tincas including fish of 9 lb 7 oz and 9 lb 1 oz.

The Birmingham, West Midlands-based angler was fishing on Hunts Corner Lake at Linear Fisheries in Oxfordshire.

But then, as the effects of the bites from mosquitoes struck him, he had to seek medical attention.

Mark told Angler’s Mail the full story: “With persistent rain failing, I settled into a swim with feedered maggot, corn and worm.

“After a small tench I left the rod out into darkness and landed a new PB of 9 lb 7 oz.

“Delighted, I reeled in for a few hours sleep. The mosquitoes however had other ideas and continually bit my forehead.

“With no sleep and a rapidly swelling forehead I continued to fish at dawn.

“Immediately the tench went into overdrive but I had to reluctantly cut the session short and seek medical attention.

“I was tired, swollen but happy with the target species.

“I ended up leaving seven hours early. I was getting worried that I might struggle to drive with my eyes swelling up.”

Mosquitoes also grow big!

Mark revealed: “I’d left my insect repellent at home along with Piriton tablets. I won’t be forgetting them again.

“They were definitely mosquitoes – I could hear the high-pitched whine in my ears.

“I tried to pull the sleeping bag up over my head but it still didn’t stop them.

“It was my last trip to Linear of the year as I’m a river angler at heart.

“It’s way too busy for my liking but it is a stunning venue with monster specimens of most species.

“Even the ‘mozzies’ grow big,” laughed the 44-year-old ultrasonic operator.

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